Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
What is OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is when your airway closes up during your sleep. This causes you to stop breathing, making your brain wake and opening your airway up again before falling asleep instantly. These micro-arousals, caused by the apneas, often go completely unnoticed by the person despite occurring up to 400 times a night, although partners or room-mates are more likely to notice the splutter or loud snoring noise associated with them. It is the symptoms of Sleep Apnoea, more than the events themselves, that provide the clues about your condition.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Symptoms
Key Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea:
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Feeling excessively tired during the day
- High Blood Pressure
- Lack of interest in sex
- Irritability and a short temper
- Poor memory and concentration
- Frequent toilet visits during the night
- Headaches (particularly in the morning)
- In men, impotence
OSA is more common in men than women, especially obese men who snore. Seniors are more likely to develop the condition – as are people with hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. With the increasing age and obesity in the UK, the numbers of OSA cases is expected to increase in coming years.
The majority of OSA cases are undiagnosed but experts estimate that in the UK 1.5 million adults have the disorder. Only a small number — just 330,000 people — have been diagnosed and treated.
When the condition is not treated, people don’t get the restorative sleep the body requires. Plus there are consequences such as increased road traffic accident rates, cardiovascular events, and strokes.
Statistics show higher risks of untreated OSA:
- 40% increased excessive daytime sleepiness
- 2 times more traffic accidents per mile
- 3 times greater risk of occupational accidents
- 40% increased risk of depression
- 1.3 to 2.5 times more hypertension
- 1.6 times increased chance of stroke
- 1.4 to 2.3 times greater risk of heart attack
- 2.2 times higher risk of nocturnal cardiac arrhythmia
- 3.9 times more likely to have congestive heart failure
CPAP Improves Sleep Apnoea Dramatically
Most people receiving CPAP treatment experience a dramatic improvement in their health and quality of life, and their health care costs return to normal levels. They showed significant improvements in driving, daytime sleepiness, cognitive performance and mood. Also, work absenteeism was reduced.
If you snore loudly and show other signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, it’s time to take an In-Home Sleep Test as the first step toward getting treatment.
Here’s information to order: https://sleeptestuk.com/ordering-information/
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Treatments
Should a Sleep Test confirm the presence of OSA, there are a number of clinically proven treatments available.